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Old 09-09-2006, 12:21 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Im wondering how one goes about carbonating there beer in bottles without sugar? Im hoping to find a way to carbonate which doesnot effect the flavoring of the beer.

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The only alternative to adding some kind of sugar (DME/corn sugar/honey/sucrose/fructose, etc.), is to force carbonate in the keg and fill bottles with a beer gun or a counter-pressure filler.

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Old 09-09-2006, 02:03 AM   #3
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Do you have any experience with said devices? If so, how much of a taste difference does one notice by not priming for carbonation with out sugar.

One thing Ive noticed about my extract homebrews is how sweey they are. Not sure if others have noticed this as well. Maybe its the extract itsself and not the priming sugar too.

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There are some carbonation pills you put in each bottle, too. I'll see if I can find a link...

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See this page for Cooper's Carbonation Drops. It turns out they are sugar after all, though. I was thinking maybe they weren't, but these are. Here's another source that discloses the composition.

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Old 09-09-2006, 05:06 AM   #6
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Do you have any experience with said devices? If so, how much of a taste difference does one notice by not priming for carbonation with out sugar.

One thing Ive noticed about my extract homebrews is how sweey they are. Not sure if others have noticed this as well. Maybe its the extract itsself and not the priming sugar too.

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If you prime with corn sugar, it will not affect the taste of the beer. The sugar basically ferments out completely, leaving behind just gas and alcohol.

As for your homebrews tasting sweet, maybe you just need to up the bittering hops. Fermented malted barleys is going to be sweet... it's just a fact of life. The bittering hops are how you balance that sweetness out.
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Thanks everyone, I appreciate the feedback.

Anyone have any experience with a beer gun or counter pressure filler?

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Not I. If I may say so, you seem to be beginning from, and ending at, a baseline assumption that the priming sugar is making your beers sweet. I don't think that most people here have had that experience or would make that assumption.

You might want to experiment with recipes before you invest in gear that may not fix your issue. You could end up spending some serious coin and still find that your beer is too sweet for your tastes.

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Check teh reviews section. There's a beer gun there that is damn easy to use.

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Thanks Steve and Kornkob!

Steve: See Walkers Post above regarding the sweetness.

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